Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Malpighiales

Erythroxylaceae - Coca family

Robson, N.K.B. (1963) Erythroxylaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1)

Description of the family

Trees or shrubs, glabrous. Stipules ± united and intrapetiolar. Leaves alternate, simple, entire. Flowers axillary, solitary or in fascicles, actinomorphic, bisexual. Sepals 5, valvate, ± united. Petals 5, free, each with (in ours) an adaxial ligule-like nectar-bearing appendage. Stamens 10, usually forming a tube. Ovary superior, 2-3-locular with 1 ovule per loculus. Fruit a 1-seeded fleshy drupe.

Worldwide: 4 genera and 240 species, tropical zones, mostly America.

Zimbabwe: 1 cultivated genus and 1 cultivated taxon.

No image of a cultivated species but there is an image of a native or naturalised species

Links to cultivated genera:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this family

Erythroxylum P. BrowneDescription

Other sources of information about Erythroxylaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Erythroxylaceae
Flora of Caprivi: Erythroxylaceae
Flora of Malawi: Erythroxylaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Erythroxylaceae
Flora of Zambia: Erythroxylaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Erythroxylaceae

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Erythroxylaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Erythroxylaceae
Wikipedia: Erythroxylaceae

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: Family page: Erythroxylaceae.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/family.php?family_id=85, retrieved 21 March 2023

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